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    What a great thread... here goes
    Who taught me how to quilt, I'm self taught, made my first quilt in 1987

    What pattern, it was Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt in a Day, it took me 6 weeks and I made it for my son

    do I still have my first quilt, sadly no, I think my son loved it to death

    Which is my favourite, I have several, a King size Cream Lace which taught me lots of different techniques, a Teddy Bear applique quilt for my first grandchild (still waiting) and my Baltimore Album quilt that took me 10 years to needleturn applique.

    What do I do with my quilts, give them to family members

    Oldest Quilt - really don't have an old one

    Do I belong to a guild or club and attend workshops, yes I belong to 2 groups, I attend an annual retreat with one group who I support by making small quilts for women who have suffered miscarriages or stillbirths, the other group I belong to meet every week and in between quilting, eating, chatting and laughing we make quilts for the childrens ward at our local hospital. I also love attending workshops when I can.

    Ever entered a quilt in a show, yes I have, scary at first and I was lucky to win a Blue Ribbon

    Have I encouraged others, Yes my daughter started learning patchwork and quilting when she was 8, she is now 27 and thinking of starting a Dear Jane Quilt. I also taught patchwork and quilting classes for many years

    Why do I quilt, it makes me happy, my husband always says he knows where to find me I'm always working in the factory (sewing room)

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    Who taught you how to quilt? this group

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? nine patch

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? no

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? my last one, I improved in my sewing

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I haven't made a huge quilt, yet I am learning

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection?One from someone that sent me one from the group about a month ago

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? No and thanks for reminding me, need to find one in the area

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? not yet

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? yes

    Why do you quilt? fun, really relaxing

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    Who taught you how to quilt? My paternal grandmother

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? simple nine patch from scaps and yarn tied

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? No

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? They are all favorite

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Usually give them away. The big ones are for family and the baby ones are for whoever

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? My sister still has her sons baby quilt from over 46 years ago.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? No

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? No

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting?Yes
    Why do you quilt? I love to take color and create something from it. It has always amazed me that you can take a blank piece of cloth and make something beautiful just like an artist and his paintings.

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    Who taught you how to quilt?
    I'm pretty much self taught. I came from a quilting family and can remember sitting at the quilting frame with Mom's friends at their club meetings and doing some hand quilting. I had an appointment for a lesson at Joanne Fabrics when I decided to get serious about it, but when I went to my class, the person teaching (the manager at the time) was so much interested in the salesman who was there that I was not even acknowledged so I went home and did it on my own.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made?My first quilt was a Double Irish Chain

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?No - that was given to our eldest son.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?My favorite was a sampler - it was hand quilted and I gave that to our 2nd son and his wife. But the one in my collection that I treasure was made for me by my mother-in-law. She did it as she was losing her sight from her diabetes and the work is not good, but it means a lot to me.

    What do you do with the quilts you make?I have made and given quilts to our 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 4 gr grand children and am now getting a stash of them made for future members of the family.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection?The oldest that I have was made about 1928 by my fraternal grandmother as a wedding present for my parents.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? No - I hate going to meetings!

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? No

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes

    Why do you quilt? It is my creative outlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millstream Mom
    There are so many wonderful quilters out there that I thought I'd play "Tell Me About...." I'm sure there are some fascinating quilting stories!

    Who taught you how to quilt? Took a class, I could not follow the books this was 1991 or so.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Rail fence

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes, on the guest bed right now.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? I am working on a hunter's star with 30's fabric, almost done. Currently my favorite.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I am slow so there is always someone in line.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? The rail fence, the only queen size I will ever quilt by hand.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? Yes to both, if I had more money I would attend more workshops.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Not yet.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Of course.

    Why do you quilt?
    Due to health issues I no longer am able to paint or do beading. I must have a creative outlet or I feel stiffled.

    I love this board.

    Blessings to all,

    Sharon

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    I have always sewn. I used to make all my girls clothes. Over the years they stopped wanting the clothes mom made so I switched to quilting. I went to the Sisters Quilt Show one year and I was hooked. I took a class at my LQS and have been quilting ever since.
    My first full quilt was a stack and wack that my daughter has. My favorite quilt was the one I just gave my nephew for his wedding present. It was crossed stitched iris that my mother did before she passed away. I took the blocks and quilted them into a huge king sized quilt. My nephew cried when he saw the quilt, because he could remember his Grandma cross-stitching the block. It meant alot to him.
    I have several quilts that my Grandmother made back in the 40's that I inherited when my mother passed away.
    I don't belong to a quild, because I work full time and they meet during the day. But a friend of mine and I go to quilt classes together whenever we get a chance. I also go to a quilting retreat twice a year put on my Tater Patch Quilts in Merrill, OR at the Box R Ranch. This year I am making Raggedy Ann and Andy quilts for the Quilts for Kids.
    My husband and I go to the Sisters Quilt Show every year. We both enjoy the works of art.
    I quilt because it gives me the chance to sew. I love to sew. Sewing is an artistic outlet for me and I love it. I can't wait to retire to quilt all the time.

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    Who taught you how to quilt? My grandmother taught me to love it, Lorraine G. at our local community college taught me how. And I'm a lot self-taught.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Nine Patch and Rail.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes, it hangs in my sewing room.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? Oh I couldn't possibly name a favorite. I'm partial to the "Winning Hand" that I made for my son. His is called "Salsa" (see below)

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Most are gifts, some go to charity, some stay here, one is on my bed, two are in our family room to wrap up in, two are on a quilt rack, and all the cat quilts hang in the stairwell.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? Two that my grandmother made that are around 70 years old. I had some older ones, but I donated them to a museum.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? Yes, I belong to a guild, No I don't attend workshops.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? No, but maybe next year.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? No. Everyone I know says it looks too tedious. My best friend says that all those little pieces make her itch.

    Why do you quilt? Because I love the color and the order, and the feeling of gratification that comes from giving them away and showing them off.

    My son's quilt, "Salsa"
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    Well I haven't quilted yet. I'm hoping to start my first one soon. That's why I joined, I'm hoping to get lotsa help and encouragement. Someday I hope to be able to answer all these question. It sound like such fun. I love to sew, knit, crochet, quilting seems like such a exciting new way to express your individuality. All suggestion are welcomed.

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    I am a self taught quilter - (I started out making clothes years ago) - My first quilt was a green log cabin and it was donated to science...I have taken a paper piecing class and worked part time at a quilt shop. I gave a couple to the food pantry for a raffle - and do others for family and some stay at home.. I sew to get away from computers and work it is my time... to meditate and enjoy life.

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    Who taught you how to quilt? I taught myself--I have sewn for many years and have so many fabric scraps that I thought I would just put them to use.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Stars and Bars

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes--Im a a new quilter and just finished the top a few weeks ago.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I haven't decided yet-- I will keep them until I find a home for them.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? I have quilts done my my childrens great- grandmother

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? no

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? yes

    Why do you quilt? I quilt because it occupies my time and I love the accomplishment of the finished product
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    WOW--That is so beautiful!!! The colors are so bright---

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    I love seeing the picture of your quilts. It gives me ideas for color combinations and patterns. Keep them coming!!!

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    There are so many wonderful quilters out there that I thought I'd play "Tell Me About...." I'm sure there are some fascinating quilting stories!

    Who taught you how to quilt? I learned to sew in Home Ec. Class and my mother helped me with Garment sewing;learned the quilting thing on my own but Mom is also a quilter so I have resources to go to.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Half-Square Triangle in flannels

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? Non-matching block patterns and others too.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I give some away to chilren/grandchildren/relatives and donate some for fundraising; others I keep for personal use. Really haven't made that many.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? Made in 1998

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? Yes I belong to 2 guilds and try to find resonable priced workshops that fit into my work schedule.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Yes

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes

    Why do you quilt? It took some time to become comfortable with quilting. I was scared I cut or sew something wrong and mess up the patter and material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millstream Mom
    There are so many wonderful quilters out there that I thought I'd play "Tell Me About...." I'm sure there are some fascinating quilting stories!

    Who taught you how to quilt? I took a class to learn to hand quilt.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? It was a round muslin pillow with lots of feather quilting.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? I just threw it away. I was ripped to shreads because I used it for 30 years.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? I have to many, each were made for my kids and my homes.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I made quilts for my kids when they were still at home, now I'm making for them and myself and grandchildren.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? 30+ years

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? Disabled, can't get around much.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? No

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes, and still working on my sister-in-law

    Why do you quilt? Because I love all the colors and I love to be creative, and it keeps me really busy.

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    Who taught you how to quilt? I took a class at Stretch and Sew many years ago to make a log cabin quilt

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? log cabin

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes, it is my bedspread on my king size bed

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? so far it is the log cabin. I made 5 for Christmas that year.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Give them away as gifts etc.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? The log cabin I have as a bedspread on my king size bed. 25 yrs old

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? yes to both

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? yes

    Why do you quilt? I enjoy seeing what comes out of all the little pieces that are cut to make one block and then how the blocks are arranged

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    Who taught you how to quilt? Self taught. - I watched a lot of quilting and craft shows in the early 90s when my girls were young. I have always loved quilts so I got hooked. I would go to shows and think I could do this. So I did. I still to this day have never taken an actual class.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? - It was a Christmas table runner. The block was a diamond star that was made in red fabric and then had green fabric around the points to look like leaves. It was kind of a hard pattern for a first quilting project.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? - No they were given away as Christmas presents along with home made pear butter, and seedless blackberry jam in a gift basket. I made 3 of them one for my mom, for my MIL and my step mom.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? - That's hard. I think it's my avatar or the one I made for my dad's 70th birthday

    What do you do with the quilts you make? - I give them as gifts or use them on my bed.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? - One that was made by a great grandma or aunt. I don't have the history just know that it was made by someone on my mom's side of the family. Probably in the early 30s

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? I am planning on joining a guild this month Mid Vally Quilt Guild.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? - No, but my dad wanted me to enter his quilt in the fair.

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Yes.

    Why do you quilt? I like to create. It's a challenge. I like challenges.

    What a great idea for a thread - thanks.

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    I am mostly self taught. A friend gave me some basics and I am still learning. I am sure I will never learn all there is to know aout quilting in this life time.



    What pattern was the first quilt you made? I don't remember the name of it. Was a lap quilt.

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? Yes

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? Don't have a favorite...I think it is still to be made.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Give some away, hang some on walls, some are folded away.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? My MIL gave me an unfinished quilt that she made. I may finish it someday.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? I have gone to one and plan on joining a group this fall.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Not yet.

    Why do you quilt? I quilt because I enjoy it and hope to learn a lot from it. I believe that is what we are here on earth to do....learn all we can. I don't know of a better way to fill the hours of being alone. I think being creative keeps the mind young and useful. Mary M

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    Who taught you how to quilt? A friend from work.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? logcabin

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?..yes...it is a table runner on which my flat screen TV sits with various other items.

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? I made Christmas quilts for my daughter and step daughter...they were really pretty.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I have made many, many baby quilts for newborns, family and friends.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? I made a full size bed quilt for my husband, but ended up giving it to one of his daughters...at her house...but that is the oldest full size quilt I made

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? I have attend workshops in the past before going trucking with my husband. When I retire I will have more time for this.

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? In fact yes. I have a friend that I will be getting her started on the basics the next time we are home. I tried with my daughter but she prefers cross stitch and beading.

    Why do you quilt? It is relaxing to me and I love the outcome when it is all done even if is not perfect (which most of the time mine are not perfect) :-D :-D :-D

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    Inteseting to see how we all got into this magnificent obsession. I taught myself how to quilt in 1969, by looking at antique quilts in the Newark Museum, Newark NJ.

    The first quilt I made was a crazy quilt of loads of different sewing scraps I had in the closet and decided to "use up/" I started out with 2 bags of scraps; now I have 2 rooms of fabric. My 1st dog was burried in that quilt.

    I don't have a favorite but I have many that I love. I love that one in my avatar.

    Most of my quilts go to charity: Project Linus, Camp Erin, Quilts of Valor. Mnay are made for my family and friends. But we have several quilts for each bed in our house, and some seasonal quilts thrown over the backs of sofa, chairs, rocker.... On our bed is the oldest quilt in my collection, one that I had pieced and quilted by hand and finished in 1989.

    I belong to Newtown Quilters guild, and I attend workshops and classes at Machine Quilters Expo, Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, and local quilt shops. Once I entered a quilt in a quilt contest sponsored by the Allentown Museum, Quilters Newsletter and P&B Textiles. My quilt won. I was stunned.

    I love hooking others on quilting. I teach workshops for my guild and local shop, and give quilting lessons in my home.

    I quilt for the sheer joy of it.

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    I love reading all the responses! It's the closest I can get to having fellow quilters sitting in the kitchen, chatting over a cup of coffee!

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    Who taught you how to quilt? My mom taught me to sew and my sister taught me to quilt

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? Medallion - quite the quilt for a beginner - but I did it!

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? I gave it to a very good friend

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? I made one for my boss - I found the picture on the web and my sister and I built the pattern on Excel. It was black and white - beautiful

    What do you do with the quilts you make? Give them as gifts except my the one in my avatar picture - that one is mine!

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? been quilting for 2 years

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? no

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? yes

    Why do you quilt? My sister quilts and I wanted to spend more time together - so I asked her to teach me

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    I taught myself. The 1st quilt was maple leaves which I gave to my DD years ago.My favorite I think is my Family tree quilt that hangs in my dinning room. The oldest I have is a double wedding ring top, that mom made back in 1916. I quilted it about 15 0r 20 years ago. I have never belonged to a guild, nor have I taken any workshop classes. I have never entered my quilts anywhere. I gave most of my quilts to family members for gifts, made some for the homeless, and I still have many that I display in my home. Quilting is my way of expressing creativity It has become very important to me.

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    Self-taught
    Dresden Plate Queen Size!!! Who knew!!! :oops:
    It was a gift for my sister, hand-quilted, took me a year!
    I believe the Butterfly and Roses I am working on right now is
    my favorate
    One for my Sister, one for my Grandson, one for a dear friend,
    and now one for my daughter...I will eventually get to mine!
    The oldest quilt is the one I'm working on!
    I do not belong to a Guild
    Have not entered one at the fair/quilt show yet
    Not as of yet, but I expound it's virtues to the highest!

    I have been quilting for about a year and a half now, and wish I had been doing it for years before! It keeps me busy even though I already work full time. I think it's an outlet so I'm not constantly dwelling on life's unwanted circumstances. I love it. I hope I am always able to do it!

    Thanks for asking!

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    Who taught you how to quilt? My DSIL started me and I am working on finishing it.

    What pattern was the first quilt you made? It was called a Stack 'N Whack, but it's not like the kaleidascope ones called that here

    Do you still have your 1st quilt? yes, but I made a bedspread out of it for our guest room

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why? The first one, because it's the only one so far... but I'm working on that.

    What do you do with the quilts you make? I am gonna put it on the guest bed soon as the master bedroom is finished.

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? I had quilts from my mother but gave those to my adult children, so my oldest quilt is about 4 years old and I made it.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? haven't yet

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? Nope

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? Always, unless I am having the opposite effect by boring them to death. LOL

    Why do you quilt? It gives me another artistic outlet; it fits so well within my physical limitations; like cooking, there is a base to follow, but lots of room for improvisation; it lets me belong and hang out here on this board!!
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    Who taught you how to quilt?

    What pattern was the first quilt you made?

    Do you still have your 1st quilt?

    Which of your quilts is your favorite and why?

    What do you do with the quilts you make?

    What is the oldest quilt in your collection? a great grandmas quilt -- lots of different fabrics quilted together - have 2 of them - nearly falling apart so are not out.

    Do you belong to a guild, or attend workshops? no - no time b/c take care of 94 old alzheimer afflicted mom and hard to get away for too long at a time

    Have you ever entered a quilt in a quilt-show or fair? no

    Have you encouraged others to try quilting? trying to get my daughters to learn - i think only my older dau has patience to try tho.

    Why do you quilt? for gifts for kids and friends, for fun, sometimes to relax - tho often quilting will stress me! ha ha

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